Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment Products for the Body and Scalp
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common rash that can involve the skin of the scalp, face, and body. On the scalp, it is called dandruff. On the body, seborrhea can involve the upper chest and back, and can also occur in the skin folds of the groin and elsewhere. In my dermatology practice, I see a lot of patients who think their scaly, red skin is “dry skin” but it is actually seborrhea. Find products here that I use to treat seborrhea of the scalp and dandruff. If you have facial seborrhea, see my facial care products.
Seborrheic dermatitis is so common that almost everyone will suffer with it at some point in their life. On the scalp, seborrhea may look like ‘dry scalp’ or there may be greasy red areas with scale. The skin often itches, and there may be tender or itchy pimples too. The ears may have crust and scale in the folds.
On the back and chest, seborrhea again may be subtly scaly. It often does not itch on the trunk. The rash may or may not be red. In skin folds, the rash is often red and can be moist.
There is no cure for seborrhea and we don’t even understand entirely why a person gets this common rash. We do know that a normal skin yeast called pityrosporum is seen to grow more abundantly in skin affected by seborrhea.
The good news is that you can control your seborrhea with the right complete skin care routine. Here are the important points you need to know when building the right skin care regime to treat seborrheic dermatitis:
- Medicated cleansers and shampoos are really helpful for seborrhea. They clean the skin and leave a layer of medicine behind to treat the problem. Pyrithione zinc is my favorite medicated cleanser and shampoo ingredient. Other ingredients for non-facial areas include shampoos with salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, tar, ketoconazole, and prescription ciclopirox.
- For thick, crusty scalp scale, pretreating skin with oil for 30 minutes before cleansing or shampooing really helps. Use coconut oil, mineral oil, olive oil or any other oil. Wet the skin, towel dry, apply the oil, then wait 30 minutes or more. Shampoo or cleanse off the oil, and as a last lather use your medicated shampoo or soap.
- For stubborn seborrhea, I use clotrimazole cream twice a day until the rash is clear, plus a month or so. 1% hydrocortisone cream on top of the clotrimazole is helpful if the rash won’t budge, but this medicine has side effects, including skin thinning at the application site. It should only be used under a doctor’s supervision.
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At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection.$38.00
Get the most out of your Clarisonic Cleansing System by keeping your Clarisonic Brushes in top shape. Clarisonic recommends that you replace your brush head every 3 months to get the best results from your beloved Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System. Pick the right brush for your skin type to fully customize how the system works for you.$25.00
My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. It spreads so easily that it's also my favorite product to apply to the large expanses of unprotected skin on our bodies. You absolutely must use a water resistant sunscreen when you're going to be wet. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.$13.00
Buffs and polishes body skin to give you smooth skin with a soft and velvety texture.$5.00
Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.$24.00
2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.$17.00
Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.$5.00
Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.$12.00
A plastic scalp scrubber is a highly effective way to deep clean your scalp and to help control dandruff, 'dry scalp' and pimples on the scalp.$5.00
Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.$20.00